The Senate on Wednesday narrowly defeated a measure, introduced by Democrats, to overturn President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans, including short-term health insurance plans and association health plans. The legislation narrowly failed by a 50-50 vote in the Senate on party lines with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins, who voted with the Democrats…. Read more »

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig was officially sworn in this week and is being pressed by Senate Democrats to defend and enforce a provision in the tax code that bans churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in place since 1954, prohibits churches and other groups… Read more »

The Trump administration is suing California in an effort to block the state’s new net neutrality law from going into effect. California’s new law, set to take effect Jan. 1, bans Internet providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking or slowing down websites or charging companies for faster delivery. It is widely viewed to be… Read more »

The Senate on Wednesday approved a five-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), sending the bill to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The bill passed the Senate by a 93-6 vote and is the first five-year FAA funding bill since the 1980s. “This is something we’ve been trying to do for many… Read more »

More than 1,000 association professionals and industry partners were on hand at the National Building Museum Oct. 3 for ASAE’s 19th Annual Power of A-Summit Awards Dinner to celebrate the vital role associations play in advancing society. The Summit Awards are part of ASAE’s Power of A Awards program, which honors the outstanding accomplishments of… Read more »

ASAE will host a program Nov. 8 from 3 PM-5 PM to review the midterm election results and assess the impact on associations’ legislative agendas in 2019 and beyond. The midterm election review program, supported by ASAE’s Power of A program and the Government Relations Section Council, is part of ASAE’s Government Relations Symposium Series…. Read more »

ASAE and the Professional Certification Coalition have been monitoring Michigan House Bill 6114 as it relates to certification issues. This legislation calls for a commission to make recommendations, rather than mandating statutory or regulatory changes, so its impact on the certification community is less direct than some of the other legislation we have been monitoring. Nonetheless,… Read more »

President Trump said last night he will sign an $852 billion spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of the week. The spending bill passed by the House this week funds all agencies at current levels through Dec. 7. The continuing resolution passed as part of a broader 2019 appropriations package… Read more »

The House is expected to vote this week on a package of bills known as “Tax 2.0” that among other things would make permanent the individual tax cuts in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While House leaders view a second round of tax cuts to be politically popular in advance of the November… Read more »